$2-m expansion for Logwood Basic School

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Construction for additional classroom space at the Logwood Basic School in Hanover got underway earlier this week following a $1-million donation from Member of Parliament for the area, Ian Hayles’ Constituency Development Fund, and a similar amount from the Hanover Charities.

Hayles was prompted into action after it came to his attention that 114 students were crammed in small classrooms at the early childhood institution.

"I think one of the things we have seen is that crime is playing a role in Hanover now, and I want to ensure that education plays a greater role in Hanover for generations to come," remarked the MP, who had high praises for Hanover Charities.

"In all of the bad things that are taking place within the parish, there are still some good things taking place and one of those good and great institutions is Hanover Charities."

Chairman of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly, who pledged to provide another $1-million towards the school next year, expressed her delight to lend a helping hand.

"Early this year we met the principal from Logwood Basic School through their MP Mr Ian Hayles, and when we heard he was actually looking for a partner, so to speak, in giving the school additional classrooms because they are bursting out of their seams, we decided to help," Casserly explained.

Principal of the Logwood Basic School, Joyce Smith, who expressed gratitude to Hanover Charities and MP Hayles for providing the funds, indicated that on completion of construction, more students will be admitted at the school.

"Presently we have 114 students enrolled and three classrooms, and each room is divided into two. One class has 41 children, so you can just imagine how the children are clustered.

So having the expansion of three additional classrooms will say a whole lot for us," Smith outlined.

Meanwhile, the two-term MP is appealing to parents and guardians to provide voluntary labour during the construction period of the classrooms.

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